American Teenage GirlEverybody has their insecurities. When it comes to the physical side, these insecurities can range from flat noses to protruding bellies. This drives some people to undergo cosmetic surgery and get the look they want on the outside in order to feel more confident about themselves from the inside.

A woman’s vulva, although normally not seen in plain sight, is also a part of the body that people seek surgically enhance. In fact, the American Society for Plastic Surgery reported that there was an 80% increase in the number of girls that underwent genital plastic surgery between 2014 and 2015.

How Does Labiaplasty Work?

Doctors have marketed the idea of genital surgery as “vaginal rejuvenation.” Primarily intended for older women who experience discomfort after giving birth, labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that tightens the inner and outer muscles of the vagina, and aids in reshaping the labia as well. Teenagers who undergo the procedure do it to relieve pain and irritation in their genitals. There are, however, others who choose to have labiaplasty because they believe that this is how they should look in order to be accepted.

Is Pornography Creating Unrealistic Expectations?

Experts claim that pornography is the primary source of sex education for millions of American teens. With more and more people watching porn, the exposure to idealized versions of genitals is affecting how some girls view their body. When their bodies don’t match the bodies of women in porn websites, they could feel rejected or ashamed — that’s where surgical correction comes in.

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A Misunderstanding of the Intimacy of Sex

People who engage in any intimate activity should first consider what they want and how they feel about the act of sex. In line with that, Dr. Stephen B. Baker, MD believes that resorting to plastic surgery shouldn’t be about making oneself appear more physically acceptable to others; instead, it should be about building a sense of confidence in oneself.

Genital cosmetic surgery is increasing in popularity among teenagers. While it is certainly an option, people should first remember that the process aims to enhance natural beauty rather than make a person appear more “socially acceptable” to their peers.